Turkey gains most women deputies in its history

Turkey’s general election raises number of women deputies in parliament to 95 - the highest number in its history

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey elected the highest number of women deputies in its history in its 25th general election on Sunday.

With over 99.9 percent of the vote counted, the unofficial election result shows a total of 96 women parliamentarians securing seats in Turkey’s Grand National Assembly.

The figure marks a notable rise from the 2011 parliamentary election, in which 79 women delegates were elected to the Assembly.

Winning 40.8 percent of the vote but losing the majority of seats needed to form a government by itself, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) sent 41 women to parliament - five less than in the 2011 election - becoming the only party to lose women deputies.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), which passed Turkey’s 10 percent electoral threshold for the first time as a party with 13.11 percent of the vote to take 79 seats, sent 31 women MPs to parliament.

The HDP, which has a number of women members who won as independents in the 2011 election, has almost tripled its women deputies from 11 to 31.

One of the HDP's women MPs is Dilek Ocalan, niece of the outlawed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.

Ocalan became a member of parliament for Sanliurfa, where the HDP secured 5 out of 12 seats.

The Republican People's Party (CHP), which won 24.96 percent of the vote and finished second place nationwide, increased the number of its women delegates by only one from 19 to 20.

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) also has one more woman deputy in parliament, bringing the total of its female MPs to four after winning 16.30 percent of the vote in the polls.

TRTWorld and agencies